2008 Picks Record: 0-0
Washington Redskins at New York Giants
Thursday, 7:00 pm Eastern – NBC
SBG Global Opening Line: Giants - 3.5 , Total 40
The defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants begin the 2008 season at home against the Washington Redskins. It’s the second time in six seasons that the Redskins are part of the NFL’s first game of the season. They won in 2003 against the Jets 16-13. In 2004 the NFL started a tradition in which the previous season’s Super Bowl winner hosts the NFL Thursday night game to start the regular season. SBG Global reports that early NFL betting has the public taking Giants at Home.
Thursday’s game is the first regular season test for Washington head coach Jim Zorn. The Redskins were 3-2 in the preseason as they had to play an extra week in the Hall of Fame game. The Giants finished the preseason at 2-2. The Giants didn’t play their starters much during the preseason and quarterback Eli Manning threw very few passes. A lot of starters missed time during the preseason. Wide receiver Plaxico Burress didn’t play at all and Amani Toomer caught just one pass. Manning didn’t even play in the preseason finale against New England. “I feel great,” Manning said. “I think our guys are ready and I think we have a slew of receivers who can play, so whoever they have in the game and whatever we do, we have a lot of weapons. I think that is a great situation to have. If we can have three wides or four wides, there is not one guy you have to target on and say, ‘Hey, we have to prevent this guy from getting catches.’ We can work to a number of receivers and guys do a good job of getting open. Our running attack is looking good with some healthy running backs, our line is looking good, so I feel positive about where our offense stands, where our team stands, and I am looking forward to the start of the season.”
SBG Global Current Line: Giants - 3.5 , Total 41
Here are the NFL betting stats for Thursday’s game. The Redskins are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Redskins are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. the NFC. The Redskins are 9-19-4 ATS in their last 32 games in September. The Redskins are 2-6-2 ATS in their last 10 games in Week 1.
The Giants are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games on grass. The Giants are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Giants are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. the NFC. The Giants are 9-4-1 ATS in their last 14 vs. the NFC East. The favorite is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 meetings between the two teams.
The Under is 5-0 in the Redskins last 5 games in Week 1. The Over is 5-2 in the Redskins last 7 road games. The Under is 17-8-3 in the Redskins last 28 vs. the NFC East.
The Over is 5-1 in the Giants last 6 home games. The Under is 5-1 in the Giants last 6 vs. the NFC East. The Under is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings in New York between the two teams.
Pick: Over 3 out of 5 units